Douglas County confirms 2017's first case of West Nile Virus

Cheryl Sanders
August 12, 2017

The Dickinson County Public Health Director says the mosquitoes infected with West Nile are most active in the evening.

In mid-June, the season's first West Nile-infected mosquitoes were found on Staten Island.

Individuals, especially those age 50 or older or those with compromised immune systems, are urged to take precautions to avoid being bitten by mosquitoes, county health officials said.

Confirmation of the first West Nile virus positive bird means the virus is circulating between birds and mosquitoes and there is heightened risk of infection in humans.

The West Nile Virus has reached another part of Western Massachusetts. Stagnant water sitting in buckets, clogged rainspouts, toys, unattended swimming pools, etc., can quickly become breeding grounds for mosquitoes.

The number of West Nile cases has been low this year, but can increase in late summer/early fall.

The health department noted in a press release, in all uppercase type, THIS IS NOT A HUMAN CASE. Less than one percent of people infected with the virus get seriously ill with symptoms that include high fever, muscle weakness, stiff neck, disorientation, mental confusion, tremors, confusion, paralysis and coma.

"West Nile virus infection can cause a mild or moderate flu-like illness, or sometimes no symptoms at all".

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